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Saudi increases India’s Hajj quota by 5,000

Saudi increases India’s Hajj quota by 5,000

New Delhi: Saudi Arabia has increased India’s Hajj quota by 5,000, the second hike in two years, taking the number of pilgrims who can perform the holy pilgrimage from the country to 1,75,025, union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Tuesday.

Naqvi claimed that the increase over the past two years—of nearly 40,000—is a “record expansion” since 1947.

The increase in India’s quota will be effective from Hajj to be held later this year. Saudi Arabia last year increased India’s quota by 35,000. In 2017, the Hajj quota was 1,70,025.

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